Alumni Highlights

Public Affairs Ph.D. Alumni Highlights

The Ph.D. in Public Affairs program has a history of excellent job placement for our graduates both domestically and internationally in academic as well as "pracademic" positions. Below you can find a list that highlights recent graduates and where they are now.


Atisa, George, Associate Professor, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Awasthi, Pallavi, Assistant Professor, Nova Southeastern University

Benitez, Diane, Mellon Grant Co-Organizer, Florida International University

Bishu, Sebawit, Assistant Professor, University of Washington.

Choi, NakHyeok, Research Fellow, Gachon University (South Korea)

Cong, Yongqing, Assistant Professor, Jilin University (China)

Cueto, Vivian Gonzalez, Assistant Professor, California State University-East Bay

Dimand, Ana-Maria, Assistant Professor, Boise State University

Emas, Rachel, Associate Teaching Professor, George Washington University

Estorcien, Vernice, Assistant Professor, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

Han, Yanbing, Assistant Research Fellow, Nanjing University (China)

Headley, Andrea, Assistant Professor, Georgetown University

Jackson, William, Postdoctoral Fellow, American University

Johnson, Donavon, Assistant Professor, Florida International University

Kalesnikaite, Vaiva, Assistant Professor, Clemson University

Kuru, Damla Ömur, Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Le, Angie Nga, Postdoctoral Associate, Rutgers University 

Pridemore, Amelia, Assistant Professor, Minnesota State University

Prysmakova, Palina, Associate Professor, Florida Atlantic University

Quispe, Merlene-Patrice, Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Minnesota

Remington, Christa, Assistant Professor, University of South Florida

Rodriguez-Plesa, Evelyn, Assistant Professor, North Carolina Central University

Shariati, Auzeen, Assistant Professor, George Mason University

Tandardini, Michele, Assistant Professor, Penn State University Harrisburg

Trias, Ramon, Assistant Professor, Nova Southeastern University

Witkowski, Kaila, Assistant Professor, Florida Atlantic University


Other Careers

Albaran, Ilyana, Chief Executive Officer, Alba Research & Consulting

Benaine, Shawn, Research and Evaluation Manager, Children's Services Council of Broward County, Florida

Burchard, Gretha, Strategic Planning, Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts (Germany)

Bustinza, Monica, Democracy Program Director, Engage Miami

Cram, Bridgette, Interim Vice President (Innovative Education and Student Success), Florida International University

Fuller-Veloz, Karen, Director at the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim School of Music & Performing Arts, Florida International University

Hanson, Shannon, Associate Director, Center for Leadership, Florida International University.

Martinez, Nicholas, Executive Vice President for Data & Research, All Voting is Local

Montero, Jennifer, Director for International Initiatives, The University of Texas at Dallas

Rodriguez-Acosta, Cristina, Inter-regional Adviser in Innovation and Digital Government for Public Service Delivery, United Nations, Headquarters

Minaya, Lilia, Senior Higher Education Solution Engineer, Oracle

Trelles, Sofia, Ombudsperson, Florida International University